Wednesday, August 7, 2013

A Eulogy is Also a Beginning

This word "eulogy" 
literally means “good word.” 

My words are in praise 
of my mother’s good deeds, 
good heart, and good life. 
But they do not just mark 
an ending of that life.

A commencement marks the end 
of an educational endeavor, 
but also the beginning 
of a life of productive work.

A commissioning marks the end 
of purposeful training, 
but also the beginning  
of a season of service to others.

A eulogy marks the end 
of a life well lived,
but a eulogy is also a beginning.  

It marks the end of an old life 
of enjoying the presence 
of one we love, 
but also the beginning 
of a new life 
carrying that presence 
forward in our hearts, 
following the praiseworthy examples, 
and passing along 
the love we have received.

With these words, I ended my eulogy for my mother.  You can watch the five minute video here.  It's a bit bumpy, but the words are clear.  I hope the love is, too.

Grace and peace,
Virginia Knowles


  1. My mother passed away seven months ago today. And even though I am thankful her suffering is over and that she is where she was created to be, I am overwhelmed daily with missing her. But God has been in the loss and through the grief I have learned to love just a little bit better.

  2. It is a beautiful thing, to celebrate a life well-lived. We did that with my Father-in-Law. It was difficult going to my father's funeral - who never met my kids, who walked out when I was a little girl. It is a blessing to be able to mourn and celebrate as you did! I am sorry for your loss - but celebrate with you that you will be with her again!


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